It’s the dead of winter in Ottawa, and while you might not always like the way it feels when you leave your snug home, you are happy because you feel like you’ve finally been able to kick that mold problem in your basement! In fact,mold and water can be as active in winter as other times of the year. Water under the ground does not freeze and remains active leading to wet basements. Also, when the basement is being heated, mold can begin to thrive. That’s why it’s important to invest in basement foundation repair services.
Why Mold Growth Halts in Wet Basements, and Why It Is Destined to Occur Again
Just because your basement isn’t moldy today doesn’t mean it won’t be moldy tomorrow if you have a wet, leaky basement. Mold grows under certain conditions. First, the humidity must be around 70 percent. Secondly, the temperature must be right… although very cold temperatures can still foster mold growth. (For example, consider the forgotten piece of now-green cheese that you found in the back of your refrigerator!) Third, there must be mold spores present. And finally, there must be food for the mold to eat.
In the wintertime, you’re likely to see fewer spots of mold on the walls, ceilings and floors of your ordinarily-wet basement because there is less moisture than there will be when the spring rains come. This lack of dampness gives mold less opportunity to develop.
Cleaning Mold Doesn’t Mean Mold Is Gone: You Still Need Basement Waterproofing
Realizing that your mold is still lurking somewhere, you may want to take it upon yourself to clean the moldy spots. Yet cleaning will only take away the surface mold temporarily. That’s because you haven’t really fixed the underlying issue, which is the fact that your basement is letting water from the outside seep into your home.
The best solution if you had mold this past summer and fall is to call an expert in basement waterproofing like The Crack Doctor. That way, you can be certain that you’ll be eliminating one of the main sources of mold – high moisture – and can create a much healthier house for you and your loved ones.
Want to learn more about how to permanently eliminate mold from your Oshawa, Ottawa or Toronto basement? Contact The Crack Doctor at 1-866-788-3288 to discuss our proprietary basement waterproofing services.